Greg, the specimen I saw had the liner locking up "deep" across the blade metal lock face. As in all the way; a good conventional linerlock is designed so that as the face metal and lock metal wear against each other, rather than resulting in blade play the lock will "slowly drift across the face of the blade metal" and will only need a true repair once it's "out of room to move further".
Makes sense? But the Scimitar is already "all the way over", with the lock metal deep across the tang metal. So to come unlocked, the liner lock has to move a LONG way, which is good from a "can't accidently unlock" point of view. Most linerlocks only get to that point with serious age.
What Cold Steel seems to have done is make the lock metal thick, tough and otherwise "beefy" so it doesn't wear quickly; they've also set it up so it can't snapopen quickly, it has to be thumb-stroked on the stud...probably to decrease wear stress.
This is a GOOD setup for a defense knife that will only get limited workouts in practice if at all, and otherwise would only do heavy cutting "in anger". While there's no "room for wear", it may not be needed in such a role, and the payoff is a linerlock that's as strong as most lockbacks. But it's not as "slick feeling" as a more conventional linerlock can be.
But still...for what it is, a strong functional budget streetfighter that won't break in a fight...it's a hell of a good deal, probably better suited to such a role than the AFCK and at least what, $20 cheaper? More? If I was advising or buying for a newbie who couldn't go "gonzo" due to rules and/or hand size, this will be a top consideration. Excellent "girlfriend should pack SOMETHING" type knife.
It'll sell, for good reasons. Just understand it's limits.